Interview with Diana Doherty – part 3

Although Doherty feels that her years of living and working in Lucerne contributed to her musical personality, she thinks that being Australian offers a useful measure of freedom when it comes to standard repertoire, a point which she thinks the St Lawrence String Quartet, as a US-based Canadian ensemble, shares.

“We’re lucky, in a way, that the flip side of not having all this tradition is that we’re far enough removed to be able to approach things from our own perspective. I think that can be a plus.”

That interpretative freedom is something she has always identified in the quartet’s playing.

“They have enormous freedom as a group,” she says. “They take a lot of risks with the ensemble, and that is really exciting, because you just know that if a whim comes to your mind or you want to do something slightly differently, they’ll pick it up – they know each other’s playing so well.

“They’re also very flexible, so I can really imagine them in both the finesse of the Mozart and the grungy grooviness of the Hindson. Just the musical experience of working with people like them is amazing.”

© Shirley Apthorp 2011

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